April 2015 Inspire

20-Apr-2015

Roundup of inspirational stories from our schools, students, educators and more. In this issue: major improvements in the College & Career Readiness Indicators reports, Malama Honua at the school level, Jefferson El's sustainability plan takes off, a look at the work of our academic coaches, accolades at Career & Technical Education events, and more.


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APRIL 2015


More public school students are college, career ready
College and Career Readiness Indicators report shows major improvements in key metrics, including higher reading and math achievement, college enrollment and early credit attainment. STORY  

SPOTLIGHT: FARRINGTON HIGH
Listening to Principal Al Carganilla talk about Farrington High's performance on the CCRI report, you'd think he expected his school's blockbuster numbers all along. STORY  

SPOTLIGHT: WAIANAE HIGH
Waianae has enjoyed the occasional Cinderella story when it comes to educational success. But if trends continue, more students will have to get fitted for glass slippers. STORY  

WHAT MALAMA HONUA LOOKS LIKE AT THE SCHOOL LEVEL
Lunalilo Elementary aligned its project-based curriculum, cultural education and community outreach to the Worldwide Voyage of the Hokulea and Hikianalia. "I know that if we have 10,000 Lunalilos, the voyage is worth it." STORY  

SUSTAINABILITY TAKES OFF AT JEFFERSON ELEMENTARY
Boasting a Hawaiian garden, hydroponics and solar panels, the Honolulu school has emerged as a model of sustainable practices, thanks to committed educators, students and the community. STORY  

STEM NIGHT ATTRACTS HUNDREDS TO MILILANI MIDDLE
Families typically spend Friday nights at the movies, or maybe a sports or food truck event, but on March 6, many instead came to Mililani Middle's STEM night for hands-on learning experiences with science, technology, engineering and math. STORY  

MOONRIDERS KICK OF LUNAR EXPERIMENT FIELD TESTS
Kealakehe High students in the MoonRIDERS project (a partnership with NASA and PISCES) spent their Spring Break readying dust shields to see if they can withstand conditions of a lunar landing. STORY  

PASSION TO HELP PEOPLE FUELS KAUAI GRAD'S SUCCESS
Kapaa High graduate Cassidy Yatsko lives by her words of advice, "Don't just let opportunities come to you — you should go to them or you'll miss out on a lot of cool ways to grow as a person." STORY  

THESE ACADEMIC COACHES ARE NOWHERE NEAR THE SIDELINE
As they assist teachers — as well as students — to master rigorous standards in the classroom, curriculum coaches team up to review data, discuss strategies and lessons, and plan next steps. STORY  

MEET KUPUNA MINERVA PANG
Momilani Elementary's kupuna has taught Hawaiian values, history and culture — including free hula classes — to countless students since joining the school in 1986. Kupuna bring place-based learning into the public schools. STORY  

STUDENTS COMPETE FOR HONORS AT CTE EVENTS
The Career and Technical Education (CTE) program hosted its two signature events of the year with students displaying their knowledge and skills in the various pathways and programs of study. Here are the results. STORY  

HAWAII SCHOOLS DOMINATE NATIONAL STUDENT TV COMPETITION
Local public and private schools take home 28 awards at the 12th Annual Student Television Network Convention in San Diego April 1-4. Waianae High and Maui Waena Intermediate were top winners with six awards each. STORY  

GAMING AND ACADEMICS CONVERGE AT MATH GAMES
Students from 11 central and west Oahu schools competed in a multiplayer gaming tournament that requires demonstration of math skills to advance. Then the teachers took a swing. STORY  

CAREER-READY STUDENTS DEMO SKILLS AT CTSO EVENTS
Two conventions for Career and Technical Student Organizations allowed students from around the state to show off their skills and talents in a variety of fields and specialties. Top finishers qualify for national competitions this year. STORY  

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